Leadership Style Analysis

Leadership Style Analysis

Competencies Addressed in This Assignment

  • Competency 1: Utilize police communication principles in community relations.
  • Competency 4: Implement appropriate human resource management skills.
  • Competency 5: Apply ethical behavior to social control concepts.
  • Competency 6: Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.


James Q. Wilson (as cited by Swanson, Territo, & Taylor, 2017) identified three distinctly different styles of law enforcement, all of which were reflective of the political culture of the communities they served.

  • The watchman style of law enforcement emphasizes order maintenance and is found in economically declining cities with traditional political machines.
  • The legalistic style is found in cities with heterogeneous populations and reform-oriented, professional governments.
  • The service style is found in homogenous suburban communities and is oriented toward the needs of citizens.


Based on your reading regarding police administration and politics in policing in this unit, select a law enforcement issue and a law enforcement style. In your paper, answer the following from the perspective of a police administrator:

  • Analyze your selected issue in the context of the law enforcement style chosen.
  • Explore how police communication principles in community relations could be used in managing the issue.
  • Predict how effective human resource management could be used to resolve the issue.
  • Examine the role of appropriate ethical behavior needed to resolve the issue.


Your paper should meet the following requirements:

  • Written communication: Must be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Resources and citations: Format according to current APA style and formatting guidelines.
  • Length of paper: 3–4 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the title page or the references page.
  • References: A minimum of three references. (If you create a hypothetical case, references will not be necessary.)
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

You are required to submit your paper to Turnitin. Once you review your results and make any needed changes, submit your paper for grading.

How to Submit Your Assignment

This is a two-step process.

Turnitin: All assignments must be submitted to Turnitin.

  1. Access Turnitin through the link in the courseroom.
  2. Submit your assignment using the draft folder.
  3. Review the returned report and make changes as needed. (You may ignore any template matches.)
  4. Resubmit your updated assignment using the appropriate folder.

Submit Your Assignment for Grading: See the tutorial, Submit an Assignment, (linked in the resources) for more information.

  1. Click on the linked assignment heading.
  2. Attach your file.
  3. Click submit.
  4. You will know your submission was successful by viewing the Submitted section of the My Grades area.

Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.


Swanson, C. R., Territo, L., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). Police administration: Structures, processes, and behavior (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.


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